CNN's Fred Pleitgen (@fpleitgenCNN) reports live from Damascus, Syria on the "Geneva II" peace conference, which was announced earlier today by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
It is not clear which parties will attend the U.N.-brokered meeting on January 22 in Geneva, Switzerland, a subject that helped push back the conference for months.
"When we talk to people on the ground here in Damascus, many of them will tell you they simply want the fighting to end,” Pleitgen reports. “They want some sort of negotiated solution, however that solution might look.”
On Friday CNN's senior international correspondent Arwa Damon (@ArwaCNN) reports live from Benghazi, Libya on her visit to the U.S. Consulate, which came under attack earlier this week.
"It really is such a chilling scene, especially when one thinks about what did in fact transpire," says Damon. "The buildings have been completely gutted – many of them burned, the walls torched black and debris all over the floor."
CNN garnered nine nominations for the News and Documentary Emmy Awards, the most of any cable network except for HBO. CNN has received a total of 70 honors this year, including three Peabody Awards.
News and Documentary Emmy Nominations 2012
CNN swept the Outstanding Live Coverage Of A Current News Story – Long Form category with three nominations. In the Outstanding News Discussion & Analysis category, CNN had three nominations. Overall, these nominations represent CNN's international, digital and domestic programming as well as on-air promotions.
Full list after the jump.
In an interview with CNN's Hala Gorani Wednesday, Syrian foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said Syria is committed to the peace plan brokered by special envoy Kofi Annan.
"We are fully committed to have a successful mission for Mr. Annan, but at the same time people should know that I can say optimistically that 40% of the keys to solve the crisis is in our hands as government but the other 60% is in the hands of those who are harboring, channeling weapons, instigating in the media, against Syria," said Makdissi.
Makdissi also said it will take more than Syrian forces to stop the violence, adding the presence of United Nation observers on the ground will be essential to verify the cessation of violence.
"We are not afraid of the reality of the Syrian story," he said. "We want them to be on the ground and see for themselves who is violating this.
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In an interview with CNN International's Hala Gorani (@halagorani), CNN's chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) discusses the death of veteran war correspondent Marie Colvin.
"We shared some of the same trenches over the last couple of decades," says Amanpour. "Marie...had this incredible passion to do the right thing – to do what this extreme profession demands and that is to report the truth and to humanize these terrible conflicts and these terrible wars."
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria will interview Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad this week in Tehran. Zakaria and President Ahmadinejad will discuss the death of Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, today's announcement of the U.S. withdrawal of troops from Iraq by the end of 2011, recent U.S. accusations of an alleged Iranian assassination plot against the Saudi Ambassador to the United States, the release of the American hikers from detention in Tehran, internal Iranian democracy movements, and other subjects.
The Iranian president will be interviewed in Tehran at the presidential palace.
This exclusive interview will air live in a special broadcast on CNN International on Friday, Oct. 21 at 10:30pm ET on CNN International. The full interview will air inside FAREED ZAKARIA GPS on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 8:00am ET on CNN International and at 10:00am ET on CNN/U.S.
Full transcripts will be available upon request immediately following the interview.
In his first television interview since the uprisings in Syria began, Syrian Ambassador to the U.S. Imad Moustapha spoke exclusively to CNN’s Hala Gorani Friday.
Read the full CNN Wire story here.
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CNN senior international correspondent Nic Robertson tells "In the Arena's" Eliot Spitzer that Pakistani authorities have been aggressively questioning, detaining, and arresting people who came in contact with Osama bin Laden's now-exposed compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Robertson tells Spitzer that most of the people he has seen in the streets of Abbottabad appear to generally like the United States and are relieved that bin Laden is gone.
In the Arena airs weeknights at 8:00pm ET on CNN/U.S.
CNN senior international correspondent Nic Robertson reports live from Abbottabad, Pakistan and tells "In the Arena" host Eliot Spitzer that Pakistani military have been interviewing Osama bin Laden's youngest wife, who was left behind following the raid on the bin Laden compound. Bin Laden's wife has apparently revealed to the Pakistani military that the bin Ladens had been living in the compound for five years. She has also apparently confirmed that bin Laden had been focusing on drafting operations plans and suggestions for al-Qaeda.
In the Arena airs weeknights at 8:00pm ET on CNN.